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Monthly Q&A: Answering Your Biggest Cataract Questions

November 17th, 2017

cataract questions | Bangor, ME

Being diagnosed with cataracts can feel very overwhelming, especially if you are unfamiliar with the condition. You probably have many questions and concerns that you need to be answered. To help you get all the information you need, we have put together a list of some of the most commonly asked cataract questions.

1. What are cataracts?

A cataract forms when the lens of the eye become cloudy, affecting your ability to see clearly. You probably notice that the world seems blurry and slightly out of focus. Colors may seem duller.

Cataracts usually form painlessly and they form over a long period of time. Over time, your cataracts will continue to worsen and surgery will likely be required at some point.

2. Can they spread from one eye to the other?

No, they cannot spread from one eye to the other. However, they do usually develop in both eyes at the same time. But it is possible for a cataract to form in only one eye.

3. How are cataracts treated?

In the early stages, you may experience minimal vision impairment from your cataracts. During that time, it is possible to treat your cataracts without surgery.

Many people find that a stronger glasses or contacts prescription makes it easier for them to see. And there are lifestyle changes you can make as well, such as using brighter lighting in your home and avoiding nighttime driving.

However, your cataracts will not correct themselves and they will continue to worsen. At some point, cataract surgery will likely be the best treatment option for you.

4. Is cataract surgery safe?

Yes, it is an incredibly safe procedure with a 96 percent success rate. During cataract surgery, your doctor will remove the cloudy lens and replace it with a clear artificial one. And most patients find that their vision improves almost immediately following surgery.

Are there any cataract questions that we didn’t answer for you? If you need help managing your cataracts, schedule an appointment with one of our doctors today. We would be happy to give you more information regarding cataract surgery and life with cataracts.


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